Music Explosion Spring Sessions 2019

Industry Talks + Q&As

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 4.15pm – 8pm

MMC is thrilled to return this Spring with it long-standing, free evening of industry talks with Q&A discussions and networking opportunities.

Join us this March for a special line up of the UK’s top movers and shakers, shining insights into all corners of the music business. Each panelist will focus on a different aspect of the music business, to inspire developing artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Panelist Schedule

4.30pm – 5.50pm

Lorna Greenwood

Manager, Music Publishers Association (MPA)

Music publishers play a vital role in the development of new music and in taking care of the business side, allowing music makers to concentrate on their creative work.

Lorna’s route into music, from her Natural Sciences degree through international travel in various live music festivals, has led to her current role managing the MPA’s extensive membership. Lorna will give an overview of the MPA, what they do and the role of publishing in industry.


5.45pm – 6.45pm


Artist, Fashion Icon

CICAS® alumni and MMC patron Shingai Shoniwa is a singer-songwriter best known as the legendary front woman and bassist of genre-bending duo The Noisettes. With a persona that’s larger than life, her iconic looks have seen her regularly grace the fashion pages. Shingai’s been no stranger to collaboration having worked with artists including Paul McCartney,, Annie Lennox and RZA.

Shingai will share her journey into the industry from Noisettes to now, as she prepares to launch her solo career, as an independent artist and everything else in between. She will talk about touring, the importance of staying true to your brand and tips for emerging artists.  Shingai has been described as “…a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday.” Rolling Stone Magazine|


7pm – 8pm

Paul Pacifico

CEO, Association of Independent Music (AIM)

In the UK, AIM represents independent labels, digital distributers, label services companies and self-releasing artists amongst its 800 members. Previously, Paul Pacifico was CEO of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (‘FAC’), the organisation in the music industry that represents the interests and rights of the Artists. Paul was also the founding President of the International Artist Organisation (‘IAO’), which unites artist organisations from different countries to speak with one voice.

Paul continues to perform and record with his band, Pacifico Blues and is a Visiting Professor teaching the ‘Artist as a Startup’ course at the Berklee College of Music’s Masters campus in Valencia, Spain.

So, you have the talent and the determination, but you haven’t figured out a way to make it work financially. Come along and meet Paul Pacifico, who will outline AIM’s work while offering insights and practical advice on turning your creativity into a career and your band into a business.

Music Explosion Sessions Special: Making it in Music

Summer Special at Camberwell Library

Wednesday 18th July 2018 6pm – 8pm


Featured panelists

Remel London
TV and Radio Presenter, DJ, Content Creator and general Influencer in London

Remel currently presents on Capital Xtra and What’s Up TV (Sky One). Remel has created original content and collaborated with multiple major brands including Iluvlive, Link Up TV, Mobo’s, Channel AKA and more.

Niccy Logan
Radio Station Manager, DJ, Content Creator, Event Organiser & Activist

Niccy manages Transmission Roundhouse, a Radio station for young people that features radical talk, experimental underground content, opinions, politics and entertainment – based in the Roundhouse in Camden. When Niccy has some downtime shes either raising awareness with her brand Foundation, organising an event, spinning some tunes or creating some magic.

Nina Rose
Artist Manager, Presenter, Content Creator and Brand Manager

Nina manages R&B Trio Black Roses alongside managing Creatives Connect Universal a creative talent agency, Events and Artist Management company. Nina has also Presented for multiple music platforms and creates content on her Youtube channel including ‘Chit Chat with Nina Rose’.

Artist based in South East London

Koder has grown a strong fan base in London and New Zealand. His lyrical flow has been recognised on platforms like Complex, Lord of The Mics, Rinse FM and more! With collaborations with Grime OG’s like Skepta and Novelist under his belt, Koder is one to watch rising up in London.

An Audience with… Goldie

Women in Music Special 

Thursday 21st June 2pm – 4pm


This is an amazing opportunity to gain insight from one of the world’s most infamous artist/producers, Goldie (MBE).

We are excited to invite an audience of female creatives aged 16+ to this unique master class seminar with the musical alchemist; whether artists, singers, songwriters, composers, producers, engineers or DJs. This is your chance to hear about Goldie’s amazing journey in the music industry, as a graffiti artist, creative industries and education, over twenty-five years.

“In my music and art,” says Goldie, “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.”

Among his many accolades came an invitation in 2011, to give a TED talk at London’s Kings Place and a year later, Goldie was selected as one of the BBC’s ‘New Elizabethans’, 60 people – ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee – who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. In January 2016, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

An Audience With Goldie is part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Sounds Like London’ series, taking place throughout June 2018 and will take place on Making Music Day UK in The Midi Music Company’s creative hub at the heart of Deptford, South-East London.

Music Explosion Industry Talk + Q&A

Summer Sessions 2018

Women in Music Special 

Wednesday 27 June 4.15pm – 8pm


We host free evenings of seminars with Q&A and networking three times a year at The Midi Music Company. Leading music industry professionals and artists share insights into how best to navigate your career. For our Summer Session we have joined the Mayor of London’s month-long celebration of women in music. Follow the conversation at #SoundsLikeLondon.

Women in Music Special Schedule

DJ, Presenter & Events Management, Shahlaa Discovers, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Shahlaa has a high level of knowledge of working in radio and new media, with previous experience of presenting and producing at Reprezent Radio, Rinse FM and CapitalXtra. She is currently working at the Global Academy as an Audio Teacher. This session will focus on her journey from Apprentice to employee and her tips on working in the music industry.

Harriet Moss
London Director, She Said So & Creative Director, Cognitive Shift Recordings, 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Harriet has a background in PR, sync and brand-building for contemporary classical , alternative and electronic labels and artists. This session is an introduction to the leading voluntary international Women in Music organisation and network, The network provides mentorship and regular events for its 2500+ global members, including recent collaborations with Boiler Room, Spotify, Live Nation and Bestival, as well as a unique insight into her experiences in the business.

Danielle Wade
Creative Director, Decca Publishing,7pm – 8pm

Danielle has a range of experiences within the music business and was previously the former Creative Manager at BMG UK, particularly managing the creative output of the Synchronisation department. This session will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the publishing world and the relationship between Decca and the Universal Music Group.

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